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Review of Sampan

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Ranked #52 of 4,718 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Walnut
Reviewed January 24, 2018 via mobile

very good dinner. excellent atmosphere. the cocktail and service were both amazing. I will certainly be back.

Thank A M
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Reviewed January 23, 2018 via mobile

The food here was so delicious it exceeded my expectations. They have a tasting menu for parties as small as two so our party of four decided it would be a great way to try the food since we hadn't been here before. The soup dumplings and shrimp pad tai were delicious but the fried chicken bun (our first course) blew our minds. I could have eaten three of those they were so good. The short rib was the only thing that was just ok. The little ice cream cones for desert were refreshing and just the right amount of sweet to finish the meal. Nice selection of wine, liquor, beer and sake too. Service was really good too. Just the right amount of attention without taking away from the meal. Can't wait to go back!

Thank Lauren P
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Reviewed January 17, 2018

I really enjoyed this place. I'm docking one star only because it was soooo dark in there. I get the idea of creating a cool ambiance, but when our entire table had their phone flashlights out to read the menu... Anyways, our server was friendly and funny. They had an ok beer list, but I supposed that's not what most people are drinking here. I ordered the sea bass and it was amazing. This place would make a fun date night.

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Thank David S
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Reviewed January 13, 2018

One of the best executed restaurant experiences. This restaurant is very busy, and bustling with young people. It has two bars, plus various seating. It is dark and the music is very loud, BUT the food is outstanding and the service top notch. After you get through the cramped check in area, the wait staff is perfectly trained, with people checking in with you reguarly to make sure you are satisfied. I highly recommend the tasting menu. Food was creative, really delicious, and ranged from tartares and asian salads, to seafood and meat dishes. The filet with soy butter was amazing. Also the swordfish satay killed it. Food comes as it's finished (like at a tapas bar), which worked fine except that the side for the main meal arrived too early. Waitstaff helpfully offered to keep it warm. Don't let the wait for a table disssuade you. Make a reservation and as long as you can take the deafening music, it's worth it. They'd do well to brighten the lights so you can see your food, but even with your eyes closes this fare is amazing.

Thank marcG8460EI
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Reviewed January 9, 2018 via mobile

Definitely go with an appetite. You'll want to try everything on the menu. Go with someone else if you can and order lots of options from the menu - you'll get to try more of their amazing dishes! The Brussel sprouts are a must try!

Thank travellife92
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